Gardening Q and A

Chia – Growing in Georgia

Q: Can we grow chia in Georgia? I like to sprinkle the health-giving seeds on my cereal. A: I have fond college memories of growing chia on a clay figure of Richard Nixon. He had a scraggly green beard but...

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Cryptomeria – Two Trunks

Q:We have recently had new cryptomerias planted. One of the trees has two trunks and we have been told we should cut the smaller one off. Should we cut it or leave it? A: Because the trunks are leaning outward...

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Snowball Viburnum – Lacecap Flowers

Q: I planted a snowball bush three years ago. It bloomed beautifully this spring. This fall it started blooming again but instead of snowballs it looks just like a lacecap hydrangea. How could that happen? A: It’s lovely for me...

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Pine Tree – Brown Needles in Fall

Q: I’m seeing a lot of brown needles on my pine trees this fall. Is this normal? A: It’s perfectly normal. Although we think of pine trees as evergreen, a better description would be “semi-evergreen”. An individual needle stays on...

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Ringnecked Snake – Identification

Q: This little fellow showed up on my patio today. Can you identify what kind of a snake this is? A: It’s a lovely little ringnecked snake. It is completely harmless. It could even be considered a garden helper since...

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Rugosa Rose – Growing

Q: While on vacation in Maine we loved seeing the beach roses in the sandy soil! They smelled beautifully. Would these roses make it here? A: I’ll bet you were seeing rugosa roses. The leaves have a characteristic corrugated surface....

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Horse Pasture – Resources

Q: My daughters want to have horses on our property. Does UGA have resources for them? A: The University of Georgia has excellent resources for you. Read these then call your local Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1. Fences for Horses Horse...

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Dogwood – Leaf Spot in Fall

Q: What are these spots on my dogwood leaves? How do I control them? A: Elizabeth Little, a plant disease expert at UGA says it is likely Pseudocercospora cornicola. Leaf spots are more prevalent during wet weather and are nothing...

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Cryptomeria – Difference Between ‘Yoshino’ and ‘Radicans’

Q: What is the difference between cryptomeria Yoshino and cryptomeria Radicans? A: I haven’t grown either personally but my landscaper friends say this: Danna Cain “The radicans are smaller, a darker green and I’m told have better resistance to tip...

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Magnolia Scale – Controlling

Q: What is the best treatment for the bugs causing this mold. I am afraid it is killing my magnolias. A: Your magnolia has a severe infestation of one of the several species of scale insects. The motionless insects feed...

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Deer Damage to Tree – Repairing?

Q: This tree is about three years old. A deer scratched off the middle branches with its antlers. Is there anything I can do to encourage new limbs to grow in the middle so it looks like a Christmas tree...

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Split Trunk – Will It Heal?

Q: One of my large flowering cherry trees split down the middle. Can I save it by putting a strap around the tree and pulling it back together? A: Eventually the tree will fail but you might be able to...

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Stump Sprouts – Growing

Q: I had a very old oak tree that got some kind of root disease and it had to be removed. I did not have the stump ground down. It is sprouting baby oak trees along with huge mushrooms. If...

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Osteospermum (African daisy) – Leaf Damage

Q: I planted this flower a few weeks ago. Something seems to be eating it. A: Osteospermum (African daisy) is very attractive and has few insect enemies. This looks like moderate feeding damage caused by a leaf-footed bug or a...

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Pear Gourd – Identification

Q: During this past spring, I noticed a plant growing in my front yard. I let it grow and it turned out to be a gourd plant! I continued to let it grow until I harvested the gourds last week....

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Lacebark Elm (Chinese Elm) – Identification

Q: What kind of tree is in these pictures? Are they hardy for north GA? A: A nice looking lacebark elm! It is an excellent tree and would grow well in north Georgia. The mottled bark is particularly attractive. Dr....

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Centipedegrass – pH too High

Q: I have parts of my centipede lawn that are light-colored. I have done a Clemson University soil sample and the soil pH is 6.8. What do you think caused this discoloration? A: I think the problem is that soil...

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Pine – Pitch Canker Disease

Q: I have a strange white substance growing on two trees in my backyard. Can you help me identify it and tell whether it is a hazard to the trees? A: The white stuff is pine rosin (hardened sap) exuding...

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